Shepherd's Moon

Rated 3.17/5 based on 6 reviews
It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals... More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465946034
About Stacy Mantle

Stacy Mantle is most well known as the founder of the popular website, PetsWeekly. She is the author of four books, and has recently finished her first novel in the Shepherds Series with Shepherd's Moon. Her collected works are vast and many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. All of her books are available in Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide, as well as online at www.bn.com or www.amazon.com.

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Review by: Sarah Smith on April 02, 2012 :
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I ended up really enjoying this book although it was a bit inconsistent. Anyone who has read my reviews knows my main issue with new series' (a lot of set-up/background information makes for sometimes boring starts) so I'm just going to say despite this, by the end of the book I couldn't put it down! The concept of a were-whisperer was very original and refreshing. The characters were for the most part engaging (I did want to smack Billy around a bit with his mood swings), the plot was intriguing, the romantic aspect of the book was very subtle and also a bit refreshing, since a lot of the better book romances don't have anything 'happening' for at least a few books. I really hope that the author writes more books for this series since I can't wait to find out what's going to happen with Tristan and Alex (if they even pursue anything; which they should...hint, hint), and since there are many 'minor' characters that could potentially 'own' their own series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sarah uk on March 31, 2012 :
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
Alex is a 24-year-old Shepherd, and more importantly, she’s the first female shepherd ever, and this hasn’t made her very popular. Worst of all, it wasn’t even a career choice, but something that she was forced into as punishment, after she illegally transported a heavily pregnant were-jaguar across state lines.

Being a shepherd means trying to control were-animals, which is mainly done through the ability to read and interpret their thoughts and talk back to them in the same way. Alex has always been able to communicate with animals, and it is this ability that basically got her the job, even though she didn’t want it, and has no idea where this ability came from.

What follows next is a story full of twists and turns, as one problem after another gets handed to Alex to deal with, from murdering weres to rogue mountain lions, and even some weres that she strangely can’t sense telepathically at all. The arrival of a nephalim who seems to want to do her ill, and her boss’s suggestion that she work with him also cause tension, and the absence of one of her friends is one more thing to worry about.


I enjoyed this book, although I did find it difficult to keep track of what was going on. Alex just seemed to get more and more work thrown at her and I just had no idea what was happening at points, and where she was going with certain plans.

The style of this book reminded me a lot of Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series, which also seemed to have a lot going on at once, and at times Alex and her headstrong ways remind me of Faythe Sanders from Rachel Vincent’s shifters series.

Even with the confusion on my part though, this book was well written, and had obviously had a lot of thought go into the plot line. The twists at the end were surprising, and I would certainly be interested to find out what happens to Alex in the sequel.
7 out of 10.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Odron on March 30, 2012 :
I have to say that I enjoyed the characters along with the plot line, but I found quite a few problems that detracted from my reading experience.

As soon as I started reading Shepherd's Moon I instantly felt as if I missed out on the first book of the series. There was just so much backstory and history that was relayed to us as the reader and had a huge part of the story. I also think that by not being able to 'witness' the past events, it lessened the investment into the characters, I wasn't as effected as I should have been. Also, the repetitiveness was extraneous. It seemed that every time Modnik(the were-jaguar) was brought up that we got a recap of the event that took place pre-book.

There is a broad spectrum of Shifters in Shepherd's Moon, as well as other preternatural creatures. It was fun to see all the different ones as they came to play in the story. For instance, there are vampires, Nephilim, different weres like jaguars, coyotes, wolves, horses, hawks, cheetahs. In other words, Stacy Mantle brought a lot of new concepts to the table that I really appreciated.

Alex as the female protagonist was a strong voice, in my opinion. I liked her determination and fierce loyalty to her pack, but I couldn't figure out if she was 20 or 24, I think each age was mentioned once in the book. I also had to keep reminding myself of her age, she reads as an older woman, and it might have been the authors intention because Alex hasn't had an easy life. She's had to grow up quickly to take on certain responsibilities. She seemed to fumble around a lot with her responsibilities and lacked a certain amount of experience, and that's the one thing I found consistent with her age.

I found the plot line extremely intriguing, capable of pulling me in, but incapable of hiding the inconsistencies that were scattered throughout. For instance, Alex tells us that weres aren't born, they are made, but then she has a were-jaguar in her pack that has had multiple births, currently raising two as jaguar cubs because it's easier to raise them as cubs than humans. They were born, right? So maybe Alex meant that they could be born or created? Or are Shifters different than Weres? I don't know, I constantly had my brow furrowed as I tried to decipher some of the things in this book. But, as I said, the plot line is super interesting, it just needs to be polished up for the full affect of a potentially great story to take place. There were also a lot of misplacement's of quotation marks, or lack of. It was a distraction that took away from my reading pleasure, usually I tend to ignore error like that, but it was a little too obvious.

The romance, in my opinion, was non-existent. The guy that I thought would be the perfect match for Alex was too easily dismissed because she could read his mind and they were best friends since they grew up together. I felt that there was a lot of romantic potential that Stacy Mantle could have cashed in on between Billy and Alex. There was a repulsion/attraction thing going on with Tristan, but there was only one moment where he was attractive to ME as the reader. And don't get me wrong, I like romance in my stories, but it's not a necessity that I need to be able to enjoy a good story.

I should be giving this book 2 stars, but I did actually really, really like it. The characters were fun, the plot line drew me in, but it needs to be re-edited by the author so she can polish it up a bit more. If she does that, then I think she will gain more interest because the story and the series has A LOT of potential. I am extremely curious to see where this series will go, so Stacy Mantle can count me in line for the next installment.
P.S, I was fortunate to receive this book from the author through Making Connections on goodreads.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Demko on March 27, 2012 :
In Shepherd's Moon the main character is the shepherd Alexandra Wilde. That means that she has the ability to talk to animals and weres in their head and even control them if need be. It is a pretty demanding task!

Alex and her pack of various shifters, rescued a mother jaguar and her cubs from a very bad situation. In doing so she broke some laws and now has to work for the police when they require her services. Lately she is being called in more and more.

Things escalate when she begins to find creatures that she cannot read. It is unheard of! About the same time, a new member appears on her boss's team. She has a hard time deciding whether he is a friend or foe. She only knows that he is a thorn in her side and she does not trust him!

Things continue to escalate and they need to find out who is doing this and stop them! The plot has a lot of action and adventure. I would not want to be on Alex's bad side!

Shepherd's moon was enjoyable. It is a completely different concept from the other shifter books that I've read. I only have two complaints. It seemed to drag on in some places and I found myself looking to see how many more pages I had left to go. Also there are a few hints of romance in the book but I would have liked to see more! I'm hoping that Stacy Mantle will give us more of that in the next book.

I received this book as a R2R on Goodreads in exchange for an honest opinion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pepper Owens on March 23, 2012 :
At most 2.5 stars. I was really looking forward to this book and was excited to get it as an R2R but by the time I got approximately 30% in I was just exhausted from the shear effort of reading it. The blurb held true statements it didn’t seem to be a really accurate description of the book – that being said I’ll just launch into what I thought was good and/or bad about the book.
I love were’s and the thought of a “were-whisperer” was extremely intriguing for me. I got lost in the minutia of our heroine’s thoughts and confused regarding where I was in the story a couple of times. To say I wasn’t drawn into the story is an understatement there was too much telling and not enough doing. The character roster was bloated and they all felt flat to me. After a while I felt like I was reading a script from that show from the '60’s – Dragnet and we went from case to case. I never connected with Alex & Tristian enough to care if they got together or not and them together, well never mind.
What worked was the overall premise and storyline although I felt it could have been stronger with more fleshing out to make a more cohesive story. The introduction of unusual creatures was refreshing in addition to the possibilities of what could lie ahead in a series. Another good point was that every move Alex & Tristian made was not a flimsy device for sex.
In the end I was rather left with more questions than answers, but I don’t think I’ll ever get them.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on March 15, 2012 :
A catchy reader’s hook, and the protagonist’s jocular but wry sense of humour make for an intriguing beginning. Alexandra is a kind of a misfit, with a longing she keeps repressed for a normal, routine (read simple, average, human) life. Instead, she is a Shepherd-one who tracks and rounds up, not natural wildlife, but preternatural creatures. Outsourcing for the police department’s Special Assignments Unit frequently puts her on the lookout for and trail of what are called “PSKs,” “Preternatural Serial Killers,” who of course are much more effective at achieving high body counts in a shorter time than their human counterparts. It’s dangerous work, but somebody needs to do it. Alexandra complicates matters by living with a pack of preternaturals-not really surprising, since her adoptive family included shifters and vamps…

There is good character evolution in this novel, as Alex grows out of her yearning for normalcy, learns to accept what and who she is and comes to terms with acceptance of her purpose in life. Additionally, author Stacy Mantle doesn’t stop at just the usual run of paranormal encounters, but builds on intriguing layers of suspense, plotting, and wicked characters to place Alexandra right in the center of a web of corruption, which she must unravel, if she can. Even better, the ending is such that a sequel could fit in, yet the reader still feels that the important goals of this novel have been achieved; nothing is left untended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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